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How Bangla Tigers Managed to Upset the World Test Champions?

The Bangla Tigers secured a massive victory as they trumped the reigning World Test Champions, New Zealand at home. It was a miracle of Mount Maunganui as the Blackcaps lost the first Test at home after a run of 17-unbeaten games.

New Zealand hadn’t been beaten at home by a side from Asia in over a decade, since they lost in 2011 to Pakistan. This defeat ended the nation’s proud eight-series winning streak and the Bangla Tigers did this with not even a full-strength team. They were missing the iconic duo of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal but this didn’t stop them from upsetting the Kiwis away from home.

Bangladesh have come a long way since being given Test status in 2000. They hold the record for most consecutive losses in Test cricket after 23 straight defeats to begin their Test journey. At the start of the game, they were ranked 10th and had an uphill task of beating a team that is ranked second in the world in Test cricket.

The pitch seemed like a good one to bat on as the Kiwis got a strong foundation in the first innings by Devon Conway who made 122 and a well-compiled half-century by Henry Nichols to get the target to 328. The Bangla Tigers weren’t intimidated by the total, rather they showed their batting prowess against a full-strength New Zealand bowling lineup.

Bangladesh went on to get a prized first-innings lead as they notched up 458 in their first innings courtesy half-centuries from Mominul Haque and Liton Das. With a 130-run lead in the first innings, it was time for the bowlers to step up and stage this historic victory.

What followed with the ball will forever be remembered in the folklore of Bangladeshi cricket. Ebadot Hossain tore apart the Kiwi batting lineup with his 6/46 as the hosts were dismissed for just 169 in their second innings leaving 39 runs for Bangladesh to score. Before this game, Ebadot had the worst Test bowling average of any player in history with more than 10 wickets to their name. His six-wicket haul was the first by a Bangladesh quickie away from home, and their best-ever figures on the road by a seamer.

Bangladesh would pass the total with relative ease, losing just two wickets, claiming their first-ever victory over New Zealand in Test cricket from 16 attempts. After winning just three games from their first 78 Test matches, the Bangla Tigers have now won 13 from their past 49 games and three from their past 15.

For the sake of the Bangladeshi fans who belong to a cricket crazy country, this victory should turn into a catalyst for better things in the future. The team is improving in all three aspects of the game and just when you thought there were a few associate nations who were outperforming them, Bangladesh came up with this major upset.

It is for the ICC to note as well because these are the kind of results Test cricket needs to stay alive in the future. The organization needs to ensure that the fringe countries get more opportunities to showcase their talent on the biggest stage and have an equal chance of rubbing shoulders with the big dogs in the sport.

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